Welcome to the Women and Gender Studies Program website. This website is designed
to provide information to students thinking about the Women and Gender Studies Minor
at Chicago State University. Women & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary minor.
Throughout the year, the program sponsors many events that promote its mission to
the University community.
Our logo: The circular structure is the combination of the symbol denoting male and
female, adapted from the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus who in 1751 used this structure
to create gender assignments for plants which were later adapted to human gender assignment.
The comb-like structure in the middle is a piece of Adinkra symbolism that represents
the feminine beauty of all people. The two together represent the recognition of both
masculinity and femininity as an integral part of being human despite one's gender